After announcing that Piazza has been elected to the Hall of Fame on his fourth ballot opportunity, questions pertaining to not if but when should the Mets retire his number?
Piazza provided Mets fans the gift of growing up rooting for a baseball legend. Out of all of his home runs, 220 of his 427 bombs were during his eight-year tenure with the New York Mets. However, none other than the one he hit in the eighth inning in the first game back against the Braves after the tragedy of September 11, 2001.. That home run should go down as the most heroic home run in baseball history and should even be documented in history books when looking back on those dark times at a time that brought light to a dark New York.
It was a shame that it took four ballots for Piazza to get inducted into the Hall of Fame. It would be even more of a shame if the New York Mets didn’t immediately retire the number 31 this year. It would be nothing short of disrespectful to see anyone else put on the number 31. His impact on not only baseball but on the Mets is so significant. He appeared in six all- star games for the Amazin's as well as taking the Mets to the Subway Series in 2000 with his 38 home runs and .324 batting average.
The steroid era is one that rarely gets talked about outside the courtroom, as people prefer to turn a blind eye to it all together. However, when it comes to Piazza it is hard to turn a blind eye to the possibility of him taking steroids. Someone as heroic and legendary as Piazza cheating the system and using performance enhancing drugs would be the ultimate heartbreakers to all of his fans not only in New York but around the world who remember him hitting the 9/11 home run. Let’s make it clear that he is innocent until proven guilty and for the time being he is still one of the greatest Mets of all time and the best hitting catcher in baseball history.